Cleary, Szumigala selected as Forestville Athletes of the Year

Submitted Photo Pictured are the Forestville Hornets year-end athletic award winners after the 13th annual Athletic Award Night, last week, in Forestville. From left are Sylvea Cleary (Female Athlete of the Year), Luke Szumigala (Male Athlete of the Year) and Rachael Goodrich (Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year).

OBSERVER Staff Report

The Forestville Central School sports boosters recently held their 13th annual Athletic Award Night at Forestville High School. The big winners of the evening were Luke Szumigala, who took home Male Athlete of the Year and Sylvea Cleary, who took home Female Athlete of the Year. Rachael Goodrich won Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Makayla Press was the winner of the A.C.E. award.

For the Fall sports, Kaytlynn Franklin was the most improved for modified volleyball, while Lauryn Pierce was the recipient of the coaches award. For JV volleyball, Makayla Press and Madison VanZile both won the coaches award, while Ashley Gilman was voted the team MVP. For varsity volleyball, Rhianna Nasal won the MVP award, Rachael Goodrich notched the coaches award, and Sylvea Cleary took home the sportsmanship award.

As for the Winter sports, boys varsity basketball MVP honors were shared by Luke Szumigala and Javier West, while Jake Smith won the coaches award. For boys JV basketball, Cole Szumigala won MVP while Sam Reuben took home most improved. For modified boys basketball, Ryan Waterman and Joey Villafranca shared eighth grade MVP, while Lucas Clarke won the coaches award. Matthew Dunn won 7th grade MVP, and Jackson Rebmann took home the coaches award.

For the girls varsity basketball team, Sylvea Cleary and Phoebe Kingsfield split the MVP honors, with Clare Kingsfield taking home the coaches award and Makayla Press winning most improved. Gabriele Smith was the most improved player on the modified team, while Olivia Klusek was the most patient under pressure, the team playmaker was Madison Valvo, and the risk taker was Alexis Serio.

For girls bowling, Tristian Olsen was the MVP, and Sydney Frost was the coaches award winner. On the boys side of the lanes, Nathaniel Barlette-Dye was the team MVP, with Brayden Smith winning the coaches award.

Finally, for varsity softball, Phoebe Kingsfield was the offensive MVP, Lillee Gould was the defensive MVP, and Madison VanZile was the most improved. For modified softball, Madison Sliwinski was the team MVP, and Mary Dunn took home the coaches award.

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